I recently upgraded my MacTex distribution from 2019 to 2020. I had lots of predefined macros created with the Macro Editor in TexShop that I can now no longer access.

Does anyone know where Macro definitions for TexShop are stored? If possible, I'd like to copy the older version to the new distribution.

Edit: @Herb Schulz: When I installed the new distribution, it created a folder for the old Tex Live distribution files, but the TeXShop folder merged with the old one, so the Macros were overwritten. Thanks for the quick response! I think I may have a backup copy somewhere, thanks for letting me know where to put it.

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Do you still have the original setup?

The macros file is stored in ~/Library/TeXShop/Macros. You can open ~/Library/TeXShop using the TeXShop->Open ~/Library/TeXShop Menu Command. Copy the original file to your new setup and restart TeXShop.

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